Boston’s Washington Street Theater District has experienced many ups and downs since Colonial days, but, like the legendary phoenix, it has revived again and again.

Suffolk University has played a key role in the current Theater District renaissance by restoring the facade of the historic Modern Theatre, re-establishing a performance space on the site, and adding a gallery.

Modern Theatre Encore: Breathing New Life into the Theater District, at the Adams Gallery through Feb. 6, 2011, celebrates the history of the Washington Street Theater District as well as the many tradespeople and artists who labored to restore the Modern Theatre.

Photographs by Renee DeKona document the painstaking process of refurbishing each stone from the facade of the historic movie house, reassembling it like a giant puzzle, and adapting historic interior designs for the new theater.

The Adams Gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It is located in the first floor of David J. Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St., Boston.